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The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019



The Northern Territory news Thu 30 May 2019

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THURSDAY MAY 30 2019 SPORT 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA AUSTRALIA is set to name a new-look squad for the netball World Cup with Diamonds vice-captain Gabi Simpson and midcourt star Kim Ravaillion shock casualties. The 12-strong squad for the July tournament in England will be officially announced this morning; however its believed to have leaked after players were told their fate by coach Lisa Alexander on Monday. The likely team includes only three players from the triumphant 2015 campaign in Caitlin Bassett, Caitlin Thwaites and Paige Hadley. NSW Swifts centre Hadley, who missed last years Commonwealth Games, is believed to have forced her way back in to the Australian line-up after not even being included in the training squad at the start of the year. Shes set to join reigning Diamonds player of the year Liz Watson in the midcourt as well as recent debutantes Kelsey Browne and Jamie-Lee Price. That means no room for Test regulars Simpson and Ravaillion. Wing defence Simpson has struggled with a groin injury this year, while she hasnt been helped by the form of her winless Queensland Firebirds. Captain Bassett will lead the shooting end, joined by Gretel Tippett and Steph Wood while Thwaites is also set for a callup ahead of Keira Austin. The Matildas wind up their World Cup preparation this Sunday with a clash against the Netherlands in Eindhoven Picture: GETTY A FULL house awaits the Matildas for their pre-World Cup away friendly against the Netherlands on Sunday, giving Australia a bumper preparation for the campaign in France. The Matildas status as one of the teams to watch at the World Cup has captured the attention of Eindhovens football-mad locals. More than 25,000 tickets have been sold for the 35,000-capacity venue, the Philips Stadion, with hopes it will sell out. For some squad members, the friendly could feature the largest crowd theyve played in front of. The biggest attendance to a Matildas match in recent years was 52,000 for their 2016 Olympic Games quarter-final loss to hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte. It will also mark a dramatic upswing in preparations after an experimental scratch match with a Turkish under-15 boys side last Saturday. Ante Milicic fielded the majority of his side in three 30-minute periods against Altinordu FK, played in the searing heat of Antalya, the Turkish resort city the team has called home for 10 days. Chloe Logarzo, one of the few players picked for the World Cup yet to play under Milicic, said the clash would be terrific preparation. Its going to be good for us, especially for the younger ones if they havent played in front of that many people; it will be a good experience for them, she said. The Netherlands are reigning European champions, boasting world-class striker Lieke Martens. Hefty Dutch crowd looms large for Matildas Lee plans to end drought MINJEE Lee will bid to end Australias 13-year wait for a major at the US Womens Open as she targets a maiden victory that could vault her to the top of the world rankings. The 23-year-old from Perth heads into this weeks second major of 2019 fresh from her fifth LPGA Tour victory at the Los Angeles Open last month. That triumph saw Lee move up to second in the world rankings. A victory at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina, where the event starts tonight NT time, would see Lee supplant South Koreas Ko Jin-young as world No.1. Raptors return to work Small celebration over as Warriors loom in big danceTHE parade that the TorontoRaptors enjoyed last week was an impromptu and quick one. A chance at the real parade awaits. There is a clear back-to work vibe coming from the Raptors as they get ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors tomorrow (NT time) in Toronto. There was some revelling late last week for an hour or two after winning the Eastern Conference title, but that feeling is nowhere to be found anymore. We know that we accomplished some great things, Raptors guard Danny Green said. But the jobs not done. When the Raptors won the East, after the on-court celebrations and a few moments back in the locker-room, someone got the brilliant notion to take the silver conference-championship trophy to whats known as Jurassic Park the outdoor area usually called Maple Leaf Square, unless the Raptors are playing. So, with players flanked by security and Drake of course Kyle Lowry carried the trophy out through an arena concourse long after the game was over on Saturday night, past hundreds of lingering fans who tried to get hugs and photos, and the group eventually made their way toward the outdoor stage. Most fans were gone by then, and the party didnt last long. By Sunday, Lowry had shifted his focus to the finals anyway. Pretty much, Lowry said. Its a big task at hand. We know weve got a good team, and weve got to be focused every single possession. Theyre all going to be massive in this series. Handling this moment will be a challenge for the Raptors, since most of the players on Torontos roster havent been to the finals before. Major shock as Gabi, Kim given boot Days fighting terrible run HOMETOWN hero Jason Day admits his record at the Memorial Tournament is terrible but is determined to turn it around at the Jack Nicklaushosted event in Ohio this week. Former world No.1 Day lives within 30 minutes of host venue Muirfield Village Golf Club and is a member at the course but he has only ever posted one top-25 result from 10 starts. The 12-time PGA Tour winners best finish at the prestigious event is a tie for 15th in 2017. Oh, yeah. Its terrible, Day said. Day admits the results are compounded by having family and friends in the gallery. Maybe Im putting too much pressure on myself, he said. . . BUY ANY OF THESE GREAT MAGAZINES* AND GET ANY OF THESE BAKEWARE PANS FOR ONLY $2 EACH two to collect. Promotion period is from Monday May 27, 2019 to Monday July 15, 2019, inclusive. Offer is: Buy any of the participating promotional magazines and get one Wiltshire grey bakeware pan for $2 (saving $7). Offer is strictly while stocks last. Promotional offer exclusive to all participating Woolworths stores nationally.

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